Insulating your Roof: An Energy Efficient Solution
Properly insulating your home or commercial building can have a positive effect on the structure in a number of ways.
The main function of attic and home insulation is to trap warm or cool air within the building. This limits the amount you have to use your air conditioner or heater seasonally, lowering your utility bills over time.
Adequate insulation ensures your attic won’t become a humid, welcoming home for dangerous mold or mildew growth. Without proper insulation and ventilation your attic can become over heated or frigid, trapping moisture within the attic. This causes condensation within the framework of the attic, ultimately becoming perfect conditions for mold and mildew to thrive.
One of the worst things to imagine as the owner of a home or business is a fire. When choosing to insulate your home or attic, choose a fire retardant insulation. This adds another layer of protection, potentially limiting damage if this unfortunate instance should arise.
Never Stops Working
Whether it’s fiberglass, cellulose, spray foam, or wool are energy efficient technologies that, require no energy to conserve energy. Rather than reducing the amount of energy they use, they actually save energy from being squandered. Not only does insulation conserve energy, it lasts for the life of the building, as long as it remains undamaged, it will never need replaced.
Does Insulation Need Maintenance?
It isn’t uncommon for some settling to occur over the years, should your home or office have loose-fill insulation, you may find some supplementary insulation needs to be added to fill in gaps, but as long as the original insulation is still in adequate working condition, it won’t need to be removed or replaced.
Now That’s Efficient!
In residential & commercial buildings, energy efficiency through insulation is the simplest and most cost effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. According to the U.S. EPA, insulation saves over 600 times more energy each year than Energy Star Appliances, Energy Star Windows and CFLs combined! And as if that isn’t amazing enough, it also stands to be noted that insulation products installed in U.S. buildings conserved consumers approximately 42% of energy that would have been consumed without insulation present.
If you’ve noticed changes in your energy bills, or the overall temperature control of your home, it is important to act quickly. Poor insulation and ventilation can create big problems for your home and roof. Contact an insulation specialist to come perform an energy evaluation of your attic. You can never be too careful when it comes to the integrity of your home.